Senate rejects California bag ban bill

A broad coalition of Californians, including the California State Conference of the NAACP, the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, and the American Chemistry Council, applauded the California State Senate as it rejected a bill to ban plastic bags and place a hidden tax on paper bags.

For a full list of the nearly 500 small businesses and organizations that had opposed AB 1998 and more information about the fight against AB 1998, visit www.stopthebagpolice.com.

The bill, AB 1998, threatened 1,000 manufacturing jobs for Californians, placed a hidden tax on grocery bills and created a $4 million new state bureaucracy.

AB 1998 was opposed by a group of more than 500 small retailers, business associations, and organizations throughout the state.

A growing number of states and cities around the United States – including California, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island, Chicago, New York City and Tucson – have passed legislation to promote at-store recycling programs as a practical and effective means to reduce waste from plastic bags and wraps. Plastic bag makers support these approaches and are working cooperatively with grocers and retailers in many communities to establish and expand recycling programs.